Bearcats NCAA Tournament News
Texas is the most perplexing team in this field. The Longhorns have two wins over Iowa State, a victory over Kansas State and a nonconference win against Temple. J'Covan Brown can score 25 on any given night. But they're also the most one-dimensional team in the field. Brown has taken 28 percent of their shots. The Longhorns could lose to Cincy or Brown could go nuts and they could end up in the Sweet 16.
Florida State was impressive in their run to the ACC tournament title. They were. But they also beat a Duke team that was without Ryan Kelly and a UNC team that was missing John Henson. I know they beat both of those teams in the regular season (has anyone ever gone 4-1 vs. Duke and UNC in the same season?), but I think the Seminoles go through too many lulls offensively. Case in point: Deivadas Dulkys is 12-19 from three in two games against UNC. He was 17-50 from beyond the arc in every other ACC game. And Cincinnati is a much better team than they were early in the season. They can go through their own scoring issues, but they've worked Marquette and beaten Syracuse in the last three weeks. That's impressive.
The Big 12 schedule was not easy on the young Longhorns, either. They started 3-6 in the league, four of those defeats coming against opponents that were ranked in the top 10 nationally: Kansas, Baylor and Missouri twice. The other two losses were at NCAA tournament-bound Iowa State and Kansas State.
Texas can thank a testing nonconference schedule — as well as the Big 12 tournament win over Iowa State and the league's high RPI — for getting off the bubble and into the NCAA tournament as an 11th seed. While the Longhorns' win over UCLA didn't help much, given the Bruins' demise, Rick Barnes got credit for scheduling a No. 1 rank (North Carolina), a No. 5 (Temple) and a No. 11 (North Carolina State).
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Will Cherry (Montana): He’s scored 20 or more in 10 games this season. He’s a versatile scorer (16.0 ppg) and he’s also a stubborn defender (2.6 spg, sixth in the nation). He’s the explosive, under-the-radar star that could break a multitude of brackets. Wisconsin is a strong defensive team, but Cherry could give the Badgers a lot of problems on both ends of the court.
Cherry is a beast. His two way performance against Damian Lilard in the Big Sky Final was great. Lilard scored 29 but he needed 23 shots to do it and he really struggled in the second half.
Pead was the best player on his team and the best running back in the Big East this season, which explains why he was the surprise winner of Offensive Player of the Year. Cincinnati shifted its offensive focus to Pead, becoming more of a rushing team and giving him more carries than ever before. The result was a career year -- with 237 carries, a career-high 12 touchdown runs and a career-high 1,259 yards on the ground. Pead had six 100-yard games, including a critically important 149 yards against Vanderbilt in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
I missed this last week. Sorry
Watching the demise of a once-mighty basketball super-conference - Grantland
The real title of this should be old cranky guy is old and cranky about forces that are beyond the control of anyone but the college presidents and the company that signed his check for writing this
"They showed me a team video and at the end of it, there was a 10-minute segment that started out with Coach London sitting at his desk, saying ‘To Greyson and the Lambert family.’ … He talked about his philosophy and the team rules, why he came to Virginia, what his players had learned from his coaching staff both on and off the field, and how thankful he was to be at Virginia.
Consider that gauntlet thrown Butch
Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch tweeted Monday that ESPN confirmed Andrews' last assignment was the ACC Tournament this past week and that she has nothing else scheduled. Andrews contract with ESPN is up on July 1 leaving her free to pursue other opportunities.
Democrats vs. Dictators: 2012 | Foreign Policy
The difference between the two is vast: In the old model, an entire TV franchise would be built around a weekly chunk of 30 or 60 minutes. But in the new model, the challenge is to keep a fan’s engagement not just for a single night but throughout the week. Fans today don’t just want to disseminate; they want to interact and participate. And thus, the intensifying demand for online previews, fictionalized social feeds, live-tweeting and webisodes (or other supplemental web content).
If you want to see the future of TV don't look at the top of the ratings. It's the shows that time and again find themselves near the bottom that have to push the innovation with multi platform experiences. In other words watch NBC.